JA summer camps teach kids about entrepreneurship and STEM careers

JA Summer Camps provide a unique opportunity for students entering grades 4-8 to participate in a fun, interactive and educational camp experience. The June session introduces kids to STEM careers; the July session will appeal to the young entrepreneur.


  • STEM Camp 
    Monday-Thursday, June 19-22, 2017
  • Young Entrepreneur’s Camp
    Monday-Thursday, July 24-27, 2017


  • 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (daily)8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (extended day)


  • Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest
    Maplewood, MN (directions)
    NOTE: Transportation not provided


  • $185 per session; $350 for both
  • $15 discount to JA teachers and volunteers
  • $40 additional for extended day

JA can help your kids make smart money decisions

JA My Way is a free online resource loaded with tips and tools to help students take control of their financial future:

  • Explore buying a car and saving for college 
  • Get tips to start a business 
  • Put your career on the express track by taking the Personality Quiz and then finding job matches
  • Create professional resumes

Simply create a free account to access these resources. Sign up at www.jamyway.org.

Calling all youth entrepreneurs – MN Cup applications open March 20

It’s a great opportunity – would love to see some LqP folks get involved…

MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country, and we’re proud to again sponsor the Youth Division. Students age 18 and under are eligible to participate in this platform that encourages and fosters the development of creative ideas by Minnesota’s youth.

Participants will have an opportunity to access available resources, network with MN Cup partners, mentors and entrepreneurs, and hone their business pitch and plan. The winner will receive $10,000 in seed capital, along with a variety of other benefits. Applications are accepted March 20 – April 28.

Wise words about kids, Christmas shopping and budgets from Junior Achievement

Such good advice from our friends at JA…

December is here, and with it comes the frenzy of holiday shopping. The expectation of giving gifts can be financially demanding. According to a survey of 500 U.S. teens conducted by JA USA and ORC International, 51% of teens planning to shop this holiday season expect to spend more than $100 on gifts.

“The holidays serve as one of the best opportunities to teach young people about the responsible management of money,” said Gina Blayney, JAUM president & CEO. “It’s important that teens learn how to budget in order to make informed decisions about a reasonable amount for them to spend on gifts for the holidays.”

Junior Achievement offers programs to K-12 students that teach them how to manage money and make smart financial decisions. Learn more.

Thanks and an update for LqP Junior Achievement supporters

October and November is the time when we have Junior Achievement donations come in from our many loyal supporters.

A fundraising letter was sent out to the list last week, with one item missing. 

  • I indicated that you should fill out the information on an accompanying sheet.
  • That sheet was inadvertently forgotten in the envelope. 
  • Have no fear.  
  • I can complete the information on the sheet myself, when your donation arrives.

I am sorry for any confusion this may have given you, but rest assured that I will capture the information on the sheet once your donation arrives.

My apologies!

Pamela J. Ellison (PJ)

Director, Lac qui Parle County EDA
600 6th Street – Ste. 10
Madison, MN 56256
Office Phone: 320-598-7976
Office Cell Phone: 507-430-8111
Cell phone: 320-368-3057


Honor the region’s outstanding leaders in Junior Achievement

Each year, the JAUM Business Hall of Fame honors five individuals for their excellence in business and philanthropy, and for their significant contributions to our community. Their stories will become part of our curriculum to inspire local students to strive for success and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit.


  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
  • 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • McNamara Alumni Center
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus


Sponsorships, tables and individual tickets available. Contact Emily Halstead at 651-255-0458 or emilyh@jaum.org.

JA Program Increases Financial Capability of Middle School Students, Study Shows

Good news for Junior Achievement…

JA Finance Park introduces students to personal finance and career explorations through classroom instruction complemented by a hands-on experience where students apply learned concepts in a life-like community. During this one-day experience, students assume family and income scenarios and visit businesses to gather information for their personal financial decision-making. A recent study shows that JA Finance Park has a significant impact on kids’ attitudes toward managing money. Six out of seven students who initially didn’t think it was important to manage their money changed their minds in a favorable direction after participating in JA Finance Park.

Learn more!